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The Journey

By mistere
An image of the bronze casting of "Journey", in Millennium Square, in Durham. The original wooden sculpture is located in St. Mary's Church on Lindisfarne or 'Holy Island'. It was carved from seven elm trees, by Fenwick Lawson, an English sculptor based in the north-east of England. The sculpture depicts the monks of Holy Island carrying the coffin of St. Cuthbert to safety and it's eventual rest in Durham Cathedral. Which is where this sculpture deserves to be. It's current location is, imho, completely wrong.

Tags: Journey Black and white Durham Fenwick lawson Bronze sculpture

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2461 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2021 4:46PM
One minute they are on Lindisfarne. The next moment they fetch up in a soulless wind tunnel modern development in Durham. You can see the stoical dismay on the faces...
24 Jul 2021 5:15PM
It’s a beautiful carving, curious about its present location. Superb craftsmanship here.

Dave.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2021 5:35PM
Amazing sculpture Dave, I like both variants...
Isabel GrinGrinGrin
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2021 5:42PM
I could not agree more, Dave. Although if that's a sanitiser box on the wall behind the monks could at least be safer for longer . . . Wink
You have composed this very well considering the uninspiring nature of the surroundings, giving the sculpture space to 'move' forward. The version shows the modern world that they have to face up to - such a change to see that view rather than head-on.

Bill
Its a beautiful sculpture and well photographed! I like both versions...Smile
Robert51 12 7 124 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2021 11:22PM
Great shot and like you I didn't think it was in the right place. Given all the space in the yard by the church seems to be the better place.

It was said that during the timing of moving him, which took forever they hide it in a greaveyard, just hope they got the right one when they went back...
mac Plus
20 13 Scotland
24 Jul 2021 11:30PM
I was on Lindisfarne a few years ago but missed seeing this sculpture, my loss! Excellent image, with great details. Yes, Durham Cathedral should be its resting place.
Ian
25 Jul 2021 7:15AM
this EPIC JOURNEY HAS ALWAYS CAUGHT MY ATTENTION:
From Lindisfarne to Durham City and back again, St Cuthbert provided guidance to the monks who carried his body to his final resting place.

IN the year 698 AD, 11 years after St Cuthbert’s death and burial in the simple Celtic church on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, the monks there decided to exhume his bones in order to wash them and rebury them wrapped in an expensive cloth. Such an honour was reserved for important people and Cuthbert certainly fell into this category, courted by royalty and churchleaders during his lifetime, his grave afterwards visited by countless pilgrims.

WORD had quickly spread across the North of people who had been miraculously cured of diseases and ailments simply by travelling to pay homage to him where his remains lay on Lindisfarne.

When the monks opened his coffin, they were amazed to find the body looking just as it had on the day he died, Cuthbert still looking as if he were simply asleep.

Disturbing as little as possible, they placed the body in a new coffin, which they left above ground rather than reburying it.

Throughout the following century, the number of pilgrims continued to grow until 793, when Lindisfarne had some extremely unwelcome visitors in the form of marauding Vikings who ransacked the church and murdered some of the monks.

Within a year, these sea pirates returned in such numbers that the monks had no choice but to flee for their lives, leaving Cuthbert’s body behind and unguarded. However, when they felt that it was safe to return they found his tomb completely untouched.

The Danish raiders did not return for 80 years, so in 875, the Lindisfarne community took Cuthbert’s body, as their predecessors had promised they would, along with some of the bones of St Aidan and Eata and the head of King Oswald, and, with some of the islanders, made their way into the unknown.

Although they must have known that they might be gone from their island home for some time, they could never have foreseen that they were destined to travel with Cuthbert’s coffin for seven long years, resting here and there until settling first at Chester-le-Street and finally at Durham.

Wherever they arrived with the cart bearing the coffin and the other relics, they were met with kindness and, often, gifts, everyone they met having heard of Cuthbert.

There were times when the coffin’s retinue was extensive but, throughout its travels, only seven monks were allowed to touch the coffin and the cart on which it was transported.

At some later date, a horse was acquired to relieve these monks of all the pushing and pulling which was required of them.
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2021 8:45AM
A wonderful sculpture, capture and info.
Ju
25 Jul 2021 10:37AM
Yep, there's a place for everything, Dave and that isn't it...
A couple of good shots of this bronze cast replica though
and the original is truly a wonderful piece of work.

JohnSmile

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